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Automatic Enrolment:  Risk and Returns

Jim Stewart 23/01/2024

As AE is a funded scheme, the accumulated lump sum and future pension payments are a direct function of contributions and the return on these contributions net of costs. These returns are subject to considerable uncertainty and hence risk. Recent bank failures  and volatility in financial markets have underlined risk associated funded pension …



Major Issues where Mainstream Economists Failed - Part 1

Paul Sweeney 04/07/2023

In the last blog, I examined the President of Ireland's speech critical of the lack of heterodoxy (or differences) in Irish economics. I argued that …

Global inflation masks home-grown problems

Rory O'Farrell 24/01/2022

Last week, a friend felt somewhat flushed and wondered if it was a fever due to COVID-19 or simply the unusually warm weather outside. Fortunately, a …

Rise in inflation should not last

Paul Sweeney 13/01/2022

A year ago here on Progressive Economy, I asked if inflation was about to take off. Regrettably it has. The Irish Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose to …

Post-pandemic Recovery and the Green Transition

09/08/2021

First published  in Social Europe by László Andor, Secretary General of The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS)  The …

What was Driving Minister Donohoe's strange behaviour against Tax Reform and Multilateralism?

Paul Sweeney 15/07/2021

Paschal Donohoe is known as a serious, intellectual and committed centre-right politician who has supported international trade, globalisation and …

A Tale of Two Irelands

Amie Lajoie 29/06/2021

A year into the pandemic, it has become clear that Ireland has a severely divided society in terms of household debt and financial wellbeing. Dr Amie …

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